Things To Do In London This Weekend: 4-5 October 2014

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Learn from the masters at the Cake and Bake Show

PUB: Just want to kick back and relax with a pint and a packet of pork scratchings? Our pubs guide has information about all the best pubs in London, organised by area for your convenience. Find a boozer nearby, or see if your favourite made the cut.

BAKE SHOW: Feeling inspired by Mary Berry and co. on the Great British Bake Off? The Cake and Bake Show at Earl's Court is aimed at both professional bakers and enthusiastic amateurs. Enjoy live cake decorating, skills classes, real bread demos, live bake offs and hundreds of stands offering sugarcraft and baking equipment. £14.50 per day, prebook, 3-5 October

STAR TREK: Keen Star Trek fan? You'll want to be at ExCel Centre this weekend for Destination Star Trek. Meet some of the biggest names in Star Trek history, including William Shatner, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, Karl Urban, Brent Spiner and the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation bridge crew, ask them your questions and pose for photos on Enterprise Bridge. From £29, prebook, 3-5 October

FUN PALACES: Following in the legacy of theatre director Joan Littlewood, several London venues become Fun Palaces for the weekend. Free, 4-5 October

OPEN STUDIOS: For the first two weekends in October, artists currently working in Wandsworth area open the doors of their studios to the public. Browse the website to discover the different art trails you can undertake. Free, 4-5 October

FARM FESTIVAL: Head to New Kings School for a two-day celebration of local food. Saturday sees an outdoor feast and a screening of Chef, while Sunday brings a farmers' market and butchery and cocktail demos. Free, prebooking recommended, 4-5 October

WHISKY SHOW: The biggest Whisky Show in the UK comes to Vinopolis near London Bridge. Distillers from all over the world will be showcasing over 400 whiskies, with tastings available, and there's a chance to win a dram of an exceptionally rare whisky. From £99, prebook, 4-5 October

RICHARD MEAD: The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead exhibition is now open at the Foundling Museum near Russell Square.  Dr Richard Mead (1673-1754) was one of the most eminent physicians, patrons, collectors and philanthropists of his day, as well as a significant figure in the early history of the Foundling Hospital. Until 4 January

Saturday 4 October

Join in a soiree in a cemetery with the likes of Stewart Lee.

CAFE LAUNCH: MASSIS Tea and MADD have joined forces to launch a new MADD Hatter's Cafe on Great Newport Street, near Leicester Square, and today's the launch party. Pop along for 50% off, live music and entertainment. Free, just turn up, 9.30am-3pm

DALSTON WALK: Discover the history of Dalston on this guided walk with Sean Gubbins. Rural Dalston was once home to smart big houses, a hospital for foreigners and refuges for destitute women and infant orphans. Industrialisation brought the junction of two railways and factories. The diversity of today’s Hackney is reflected by the stalls of Ridley Road, scene of post-war anti-fascist clashes. Hear about this and more over the course of two hours. £8, prebook by email sean@walkhackney.co.uk or phone/text 07710 414 240, 11am

BOOK SALE: The Courtauld Institute of Art is hosting its annual Book Sale at Somerset House, an opportunity to buy both brand new and rare out-of-print editions of art, literature and culture books. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

STUDENT DISCOUNT: So Vintage is back at Spitalfields Market for a day of vintage wonder, and this time round, there's a student discount to welcome all the new students to London. Get ready for Winter with bomber jackets, backpacks and boots — and perhaps a Christmas party dress or two. Free, 11am-5pm

TREASURE PLAY DAY: Play Association Tower Hamlets, in collaboration with Victoria Park, is hosting the first of a series of three inclusive playdays for children and families and friends affected by disability. 11.30am-3.30pm

DIG A LITTLE: Dig A Little Record Fair returns to the Forest Tavern in Forest Gate. It's for anyone interested in music. Specialist sellers will be on hand with records to sell and trade and there’ll be DJs providing the music. Free, 12pm-6pm

MUSEUM TOUR: Take a guided tour of the Cinema Museum in Kennington as part of Elefest. Learn about the history of the building, the Museum, and its contents. £10/£7, prebook, 2pm

ART MACABRE: The theme for this week's Art Macabre event at The Book Club in Shoreditch is Prehistoric Art. Sketch models dressed as neanderthals through to homo sapiens as they portray prehistoric inspired poses for you to draw. £10, prebook, 2pm

VEGAN DRINKS: London's vegan community has a monthly meet-up at Kabaret in Wood Green. It's open to all, whether vegan or not - just don’t walk around complaining about the lack of cheese/meat/eggs. Free, just turn up, 6pm

TIME TRAVEL: Epoch, the time travelling immersive theatre event, comes to The Vaults in Waterloo for three plays based on the year 1950. After the performances, live music offers a chance to jive the night away. £15, prebook, 7pm

SHORT COM: Short Com is a short comedy film programme that carefully curates the funniest in short comedy films by new and upcoming comedy filmmaking talent. Tonight's event is at Pleasance Theatre in Islington and will be supporting the male suicide prevention charity CALM. £8/£6, prebook, 7.30pm

POP UP PARTY: Disappearing Dining Club is working its magic at a secret London location, to be disclosed upon booking. Enjoy cocktails, canapés and a four course meal, followed by a mix of eccentric house and Balearic disco music, or cut the meal and just go for cocktails, canapés and partying. £21/£56, prebook, 7.30pm

CEMETERY SOIREE: At a secret zone 2 location, a variety show takes place. Expect songs from the BHA Choir (British Humanist Association), ballads from Nigel of Bermondsey, comedy from Stewart Lee, shadow puppetry and more. £25, prebook, 7.30pm

GOSPEL CHOIR: The London African Gospel Choir performs a concert at Broadway Theatre in Catford. The diversity of Africa will be portrayed through music and dancing. £17.50-£22.50, prebook, 8pm

CONEDY: Award winning comedian Marcel Lucont performs at LeicesterSaqure Theatre. The show is described as "a modern man's majestic musings on mortality, morality, masculinity and, moreover, Marcel Lucont, multi award-deserving maverick. A multimedia mélange of magnificence." Mmmm. £12/£14, prebook, 8.45pm

CHAOTIC COMEDY: Michael Brunström returns to London after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his debut solo show, The Human Loire, an absurdist variety act that showcases his many outlandish and lyrical alternative comedy stunts. At Etcetera Theatre in Camden. £6, prebook, 9.30pm

GLOOMY TUNES: Feeling Gloomy, the world's only club devoted to playing sad music, celebrates its ninth birthday at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square. £6/£4.50, prebook, 10pm-3am

Sunday 5 October

Dancers enjoy last year's Apple Day

SUNDAY ROAST: Nothing says Sunday like a full roast dinner. Have a look at our choice of the best Sunday roasts in London, or check out your other food options.

AFFORDABLE VINTAGE: Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair returns to York Hall in Bethnal Green with vintage fashion galore. The fair began in 2006 as a cheaper alternative to the pricey vintage markets across London. £3/£2, 10.30am-4.30pm

APPLE DAY: Head to Walnut Tree Walk in Lambeth to celebrate the bumper apple harvest this year. The festival incorporates advice on apple growing and bee-keeping, dancing, with over 100 varieties of apple on display. £2 adults, children free, 11am-4pm

TREE WALK: Haringey Tree Wardens lead monthly free walks around the area, so we can learn a little about the greenery around us. This month focuses on the West Green area, and the walk will be 1-2 hours in length. Free, prebook, 3pm

FILM AND FOOD: Incredible Edible Southwark hosts a film screening. Bring along some food to share, and once the feast has finished, there will be a screening of documentary Mass E Bhat. The directors Hannan Majid and Richard York will be present. £3 donation and a donation of non-perishable food to the local food bank, just turn up, 6pm

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY: Bill Cunningham was a street fashion photographer for the New York Times, before street fashion was a "thing". The film, Bill Cunningham: New York, celebrates his life, and has a special screening at Curzon Cinema in Victoria. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the Stella magazine’s Style Director Kate Finnigan and fashion blogger Poppy Dinsey and hosted by Peter Howarth (Esquire Magazine). £17.50, prebook, 6.15pm

VEGAN DINNER: Fat Gay Vegan collaborates with legendary Caffè Caldesi in Marylebone for an Italian-themed vegan meal. £35, prebook, 7pm

DRAG FUNDRAISER: Expect a night of fierce drag entertainment and downright debauchery in collaboration with Oxjam Camden's Drag Ball at the Black Cap. All proceeds go to Oxjam Camden, a festival which in turn raises money for Oxfam. £7/£9/£12, prebook, 7pm

GEEKATORIUM: Presented by Paul Gannon, Iszi Lawrence and Richard Sandling, The Geekatorium is a pop culture comedy show that celebrates everything from Pavlov’s Dog to Henry’s Cat, with comedy, music, storytelling and games. This month's special guest is Nick Revell. £5, prebook, 7.30pm


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